Cold Case: Woman Found Dead 35 Years Ago on Mount Helix
By Mirna Alfonso/Editor ( (Patch Staff) Updated November 21, 2014 at 12:53 am

On March 1, 1980, Yolanda Griffie’s body was found at the top of Mount Helix in an unincorporated area of La Mesa. She was married to an enlisted member of the U.S. Navy who was on deployment at the time of the murder.

Griffie lived at an apartment complex in National City. Witnesses at the time stated Griffie may have left with a group of people the night before or the day her body was discovered on Mount Helix.

No arrests have ever been made in this case.

Anyone with information on the murder of Yolanda Griffie is urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail at 858- 974-2321.

You can also call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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One of those still-unsolved mysteries is the stabbing murder of 26-year-old Yolanda Griffie at the top of Mt. Helix Park in March 1980.

The sailor's wife, whose husband had been deployed at the time, had been hanging out near the park's amphitheater on a Friday night.
The next morning, joggers discovered her bloody corpse.

"Suspects were developed, witnesses were developed," said Kierman. "A lot of the witnesses had ties to the U.S. Navy."